Table 2

Avoidable hospitalisation rates and adjusted rate ratios, population under 65 years of age, 1991–98

Avoidable hospitalisation rateTotal hospitalisation rateAvoidable hospitalisations as % of total hospitalisationsRate ratio (95% CI)Rate ratio (95% CI) (adjusted for total hospitalisations)
†Annual age and sex standardised rates per 10000 population. *p<0.001.
Population under 6526.0506.45.25
Gender
    Female22.4496.24.601.001.00
    Male29.5515.55.861.36 (1.30 to 1.43)*1.29 (1.24 to 1.35)
Age group (y)
    <1538.1403.09.451.001.00
    15–2410.8434.82.480.28 (0.26 to 0.31)*0.26 (0.24 to 0.28)*
    25–4411.9454.12.630.31 (0.29 to 0.33)*0.29 (0.28 to 0.31)*
    45–6458.7860.26.831.54 (1.46 to 1.62)*0.72 (0.70 to 0.75)*
Ethnicity†
    Chinese18.9450.34.241.001.00
    Indians59.3824.97.433.09 (2.90 to 3.29)*1.78 (1.70 to 1.87)*
    Malays49.7656.87.782.59 (2.45 to 2.73)*1.81 (1.71 to 1.91)*